Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Next Best Thing Blog Hop


What is a blog hop? Basically it's a way for readers to discover new authors (new to them anyway) and new books and maybe even new genres. Please

So below you'll find a little bit about me, and my Atlanta-based mystery series featuring Confederate-themed gunshop owner Tai Randolph and corporate security agent Trey Seaver. The series has received multiple starred reviews (thank you, Kirkus!) and continues in March 2013 with Blood, Ash and Bone, available now for pre-order!

I was asked to participate by the lovely and talented Clea Simon, a fellow author at Poisoned Pen Press. In addition to her nonfiction, Clea writes the Pru Marlowe Pet Noir series. Click on the links below to discover the series of which Booklist (in a starred review) said, "Simon excels in creating unique and believable animal characters as well as diverse and memorable humans."


And now we move to the interview portion of the event. Please visit the next writer in the hop, Emma Bolden -- the links at the end of the post will take you right to her answers to this same questionnaire (in which you learn about her collection of poetry and why Josh Groban will be cast in the movie based on said collection).

And now . . . here tis more than you every wanted to know about the third book in the Tai Randolph series.

1. What is the working title of your book?

Blood, Ash and Bone. And since it went to press last night, I think that's the name that's gonna stick.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to explore the my female protagonist’s history, and I decided that a return to her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, would be a great way to do it.  Confederate battles, treasure hunts, and fireworks of all kinds follow.

3. What genre does your book come under?

Cozy noir. I know that's not a real genre -- bookstores will probably place it with the traditional mysteries -- but if it were a real genre, mine would be the definitive example of it. I'm certain of it.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

For Tai, my heroine, I’d pick Drew Barrymore, and for Trey, my hero, I’d get Jason Stratham to suit up.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Smart Southern gun shop owner Tai Randolph solves murder and avoids being homicided with a little help and weapons support from her hot ex-SWAT boyfriend Trey Seaver.

6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’m published by Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publisher specializing in mystery fiction.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Six months! And then it took me seven years to revise it into something worth publishing.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Readers have made comparisons to S.J. Rozan's Bill Smith/Lydia Chin stories. Which is a huge compliment!

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

I read an article in Scientific American about how certain types of frontal lobe damage caused a peculiar side effect — people became human lie detectors, better able to detect deception than even CIA-trained operatives. Trey’s presence in the books came as a result of that article. I decided such skills would make a formidable detective, but that the other results of such damage — especially the emotional instability and impaired judgment — would make him a dangerous one too.

But Trey couldn't tell his own story. For that, he needed Tai, a spitfire of a romantic and crime-solving companion who needs him just as much (but don't tell her I said that). Together, their peculiar mix of fire and earth, yang and yin, makes for interesting romantic entanglements and an excellent crime-solving partnership.

The story of how they meet -- and proceed to said partnership -- became the first book in the series, The Dangerous Edge of Things.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This shirt.

Now Emma Bolden, tag you're it. Please click the links below to visit Emma's blog (with her answers to this questionnaire and the actual place where you can actually order a copy of her book Maleficae. 


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